Zalman Fatal1ty FC-ZE1 Champ1on Series Aluminum Case
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Frank Stroupe
Date: 11-26-2006
Provided by: Zalman

Zalman is perhaps most well known for their extensive line of silent computing gear, ranging from air-cooled heatsinks to watercooling kits, fans, chipset coolers and everything in between. A few years ago Zalman took their first shot at creating a silent computer case, the TNN 500A. This case, a totally fanless design, made use of several heatpipes and the entire case itself acted as one giant heatsink. While this case was revolutionary for its time, a ridiculous price tag (well over $1,000) kept it from really taking off. Odds are, you probably have never even heard of it.

Jumping ahead to more present-day times, Zalman has taken a bit of a different role in creating their products. The company still prides themselves in creating silent cooling devices and other gear, but has most recently taken aim at gamers. Jumping on the same bandwagon as ABIT, EluminX and Creative, Zalman now offers unique "gaming" products centered around world-renowned gamer Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel.

I will be the first to admit that most all of the Fatal1ty products I have seen to date look pretty sweet, but many end users have complained about the hefty premium price tag put on these items and cannot justify spending the extra money. Today I will be looking at the Zalman Fatal1ty FC-ZE1 Champ1on Series Aluminum Case... definitely a flashy looking system, but does it warrant the near $360 asking price?

The Fatal1ty case arrived in your standard brown cardboard shipping carton with Fatal1ty insignia on the corners.

Zalman took the steps to ensure the case arrived unharmed, and that, it did. Before we dive into the details of the Fatal1ty, let's take a quick look at the specifications/features list.

Continue ahead as we take a closer look at the Fatal1ty...

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